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Columbia Restaurant’s 1905 Salad – crisp iceberg lettuce with julienne baked ham, Swiss cheese, tomato, olives, grated Romano cheese, and tossed with a garlic vinaigrette dressing.

You can enjoy this original made famous by the Columbia Restaurant right at home! 

A sweet reader requested I get this one up on the blog. I make this so often at home I can make it in my sleep.

A large wooden serving bowl of this Columbia Restaurant\'s 1905 salad recipe

I have to say I still like to steal away to The Columbia Restaurant in Tampa for a delicious meal and to take in a flamenco show every once in while. It’s a real treat if you can ever go.

We have a sweet friend Jennifer (that is from the dance team and studio my daughter was a part of growing up) that dances there. My daughter even took her flamenco class for a little while. Jennifer is amazing, so go by to see the show and tell them hello for me! You won’t be disappointed!

I can’t say enough how AMAZING the FOOD, atmosphere and service is there!! And my mouth is watering now thinking about their bread! Have you ever smelled that fresh cuban bread deliciousness as it bakes?

I am so very thankful that I live in this area because I cannot imagine not being able to have a slather of butter on some of that amazing bread every once in a while (We can also buy it in our local grocery stores – It comes from La Segunda Bakery in Tampa)! Divine! 

When making this at home it goes perfectly with this Slow Cooker Cuban Mojo Pork. It’s also accompanies a Cuban Sandwich or a bowl of Spanish Bean Soup so well! Or you can make a meal of it all on its own!

A large wooden serving bowl of this Columbia Restaurant\'s 1905 salad recipe topped with ham, green olives, and pepperoni

What you will need to make 1905 Salad

  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Green Spanish Olives with Pimentos
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Ham
  • Romano Cheese
  • Garlic
  • Lemon
  • Olive Oil
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Oregano, dried
  • Worcestershire Sauce
A large wooden serving bowl of this Columbia Restaurant\'s 1905 salad recipe

How to make the Columbia Restaurant’s 1905 Salad or Ensalada 1905

TIP: Prepare the dressing the night before serving so that the flavors come together and intensify.

At the Columbia they prepare this table side and it is so fresh and delicious. It tastes just as amazing at home. 

Step 1.   Prepare dressing by mixing olive oil, white wine vinegar, dried oregano, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce together and store in an airtight container. 

*One minor thing I do differently is add the Worcestershire and lemon to the dressing. They add it onto the salad before serving.

Step 2.   Tear or cut the lettuce with a ceramic knife (I love this Kyocera one – it won’t brown the lettuce and cuts everything like a dream) iceberg lettuce into bite sized pieces, add into bowl. Top with julienned ham, swiss cheese, olives, and cut tomatoes. When ready to serve add Romano cheese and toss with Dressing.

I often leave the dressing on the side and allow everyone to put desired amount of dressing on it the like. This also allows any leftovers to be saved and eaten the next day. (if there is any left 😉 ) 

A fork and a white serving bowl filled this Columbia Restaurant\'s 1905 salad recipe


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Columbia Restaurant’s 1905 Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Author: Nikki Lee
Columbia’s 1905 Salad – crisp iceberg lettuce with julienne baked ham, Swiss cheese, tomato, olives, grated Romano cheese and tossed with a garlic vinaigrette dressing.
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1905 Salad

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1 ripe tomatoes, cut into eighths
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese, julienned
  • 1 cup ham, julienned
  • 8 ounces spanish olives with pimentos
  • ¼ cup Romano cheese

1905 Dressing

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp oregano, dried
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 ½ to 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce


  • Combine lettuce, tomato, ham, Swiss cheese and olives in a large salad bowl.
  • Before serving, add Romano cheese and dressing. Toss well and serve immediately. (*You may also leave dressing on the side to serve individually if desired)
  • Columbia uses less white wine vinegar about 1/8 cup in their recipe – my family loves a little more so I double it.


*Make the dressing the day before serving for best flavor
If you want to toss the salad with the dressing to serve, Add the Romano Cheese and desired amount of dressing just before serving.
I often double the dressing to have extra . Often I serve the dressing on the side for people to top themselves for desired taste.
The dressing is also a great dip for bread.
adapted from Columbia Restaurant

Nutrition Information

Serving: 11 serving Calories: 266kcal (13%) Carbohydrates: 7g (2%) Protein: 10g (20%) Fat: 23g (35%) Saturated Fat: 6g (38%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g Cholesterol: 27mg (9%) Sodium: 486mg (21%) Fiber: 2g (8%) Sugar: 3g (3%)

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  1. 5 stars
    WOW! I fell in love with this salad while visiting Tampa last week and your recipe tastes just like the real deal! I loved your idea of doubling the white wine vinegar from the restaurant website recipe, as we love vinegar too. I usually dislike iceberg lettuce but it really is perfect for this salad. My husband said he wants me to make this once weekly for dinner. We are adding hearts of palm next time, just because we love them and think they’d be a perfect addition.

    1. Thank you, Christina! I am glad you enjoyed it and it reminds you of your trip to Tampa! I agree I could eat this every week too!

  2. 5 stars
    I have been to the Columbia restaurant several times. This is one of my favorite salads. I make it without ham. The green olives bring a great flavor to the salad. When I make the dressing, I add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of sugar to it so it is a little less art or lemony.

  3. 5 stars
    I love makeover recipes and this throwback salad is so simple and delicious! Will definitely be making it again soon!

  4. 5 stars
    I’m so glad that I found this salad recipe because it is fantastic! The homemade dressing was the absolute best part to me. Much better than any bottled version I’ve ever had.

  5. 5 stars
    We loved this salad when we went to the Columbia in Tampa a few years ago so I was excited to find your recipe. It was a great replica! Whole family loved it!